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Grand Army: Character Guide

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A guide for the Netflix series “Grand Army.” Noted are cast members, information about their character(s), and details about the series.


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Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

General Information

Network(s)Netflix
Creator(s)Katie Cappiello
First Aired10/16/2020

Official Synopsis

Grand Army tunnels into a generation that’s raging and rising. Five students at the largest public high school in Brooklyn take on our chaotic world as they fight to succeed, survive, wild out, break free, and seize the future.

Groups & Organizations

  • Sisters Thrive (1.6): An organization committed to mental health services that Dom is looking to intern with.

Notable Locations & Items

  • Grand Army (1.1): The name of the high school everyone goes to in the show.

Other Noteworthy Information

  • The Terrorist Attack (1.1): It happened Friday, January 24th, and was done by a 24-year-old American who left 4 dead and 4 injured.
  • Date (1.5): 2/14/20

Joey (Odessa A’zion)

Joey in her "Free the Nipple" shirt

Joey is a member of the dance team, a potential captain soon, who tries her best to be very progressive and really own her shit. Also, as much as she enjoys hanging with the boys, she can be a girls’ girl. Just, in general, Joey is clearly popular for a reason, and not just because she is flirtatious.

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Gracie (Keara Graves)

A member of the dance team and one of Joey’s closest friends, Gracie longs for a boy named George who is nowhere as interested in her as she is him.

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Tim (Thelonius Serrell-Freed)

Tim (Thelonius Serrell-Freed) talking to Joey

Tim (Thelonius Serrell-Freed)

Tim is one of Joey’s friends and a potential crush, who, like Joey, has a bit of a history that makes them seem more ready and willing for the right now than for something long term. However, it is becoming clear he’d like to be more, and with that, he struggles with Joey’s fears of being tied down.

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Anna (Sydney Meyer)

Anna (Sydney Meyer) pressuring Joey to eat a jellybean

Anna (Sydney Meyer)

Anna is one of Joey’s closest friends and also is Tim’s sister. Thus making her one of the main obstacles for Joey and Tim being together – besides their individual histories.

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Dominique “Dom” (Odley Jean)

Dom (Odley Jean) smoking, and looking out the window.

Dom (Odley Jean)

Dominique, often called Dom, is a Haitian-American girl whose family struggles financially, partly due to her mom’s spending habits. But, between basketball, doing hair, and academics, she hopes to be one of the first to go to college in her family and get away from the chaos.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1 Episode 1 “Brooklyn, 2020”
  • Skills (1.1): Is a talented hairstylist, as shown by her doing both Sonia and Mika’s hair
  • Aspirations (1.1): Aspires to become a therapist and this was inspired by her AP Psych class, as revealed in 1.7
    • Colleges? (1.3): Has a desire to go to Washington University or Hopkins.
  • Siblings (1.2): We’re introduced to her two younger siblings, Odette and Tristan.
    • Older Sister (1.3): We learn Dom has an older sister who didn’t finish high school, partly due to getting pregnant.
  • Languages Known (1.2): Mother and her speak Creole.
  • Grade (1.7): Is a junior
  • Birthday (1.9): Is March 5th and she turns 18 in season 1

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Sonia (Naiya Ortiz)

Sonia talking to Jay

One of Dominique’s friends.

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Mika (Brittany Adebumola)

Mika is an aspiring lawyer and one of Dominique’s closest friends.

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Sid (Amir Bageria)

Sid (Amir Begeria) talking to his school counselor

Sid (Amir Begeria)

Sid is on the swim team, who has a girlfriend, Flora, with who he hasn’t had sex with, is from a family of immigrants, questioning his sexuality, and dealing with a recent terrorist attack and the fear of how that will affect him. Mainly in the form of being assumed to be middle eastern despite being Indian. Oh, and on top of that, he struggles to get into a good college to add to all that is stressing him out.

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Owen (Jaden Jordan)

Owen at his disciplinary hearing

Alongside his best friend Jay, since 6th grade, they have dreamed of making it as saxophone players. But with Owen not having as much privilege as Jay, he has always been pessimistic about their goal.

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Jay (Maliq Johnson)

Owen (Jaden Jordan) and Jay (Maliq Johnson) in the principal's office

Owen (Jaden Jordan) and Jay (Maliq Johnson)

Jay is Sonia’s crush who, alongside Owen, is trying to become a professional saxophone player. But, unlike Owen, Jay comes from money and connections, which have allowed him to take classes and get better.

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Leila Kwan Zimmer (Amalia Yoo)

Leila (Amalia Yoo) sitting on a bench, after gym.

Leila (Amalia Yoo)

Raised by Jewish parents but Chinese born, Leila struggles with her identity and joining Grand Army high school has only further complicated her journey. Especially after being noted as one of the most f***able girls in school.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1 Episode 1 “Brooklyn, 2020”
  • Grade (1.1): Is a freshman
  • Hobbies (1.1): Leila’s primary focus has long been drama and dance classes, but she also knows a bit about ceramics due to her parents forcing her to take classes.

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George (Anthony Ippolito)

George (Anthony Ippolito) in conversation with his friends

George (Anthony Ippolito)

A part Jewish boy who messes around with Gracie and enjoys playing with Leila’s feelings, but may actually want Joey.

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Ms. Wilder (Vanessa Matsui)

Ms Wilder (Vanessa Matsui) trying to teach her class

Ms Wilder (Vanessa Matsui)

Joey’s arch-nemesis, the biology teacher, who, publicly, multiple times, shames her.

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Victor (August Blanco Rosenstein)

Victor (August Blanco Rosenstein) helping Sid with his college essay.

Victor (August Blanco Rosenstein)

An ace when it comes to college essays that Sid is advised to go meet with in order to make his college essay have more of a punch.

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Rachel (Lola Blackman)

Rachel (Lola Blackman) at her sister's bat mitzvah.

Rachel (Lola Blackman)

Rachel is Leila’s friend, who is Jewish and is the one who often listens and deals with Leila’s problems. At least, until they become overwhelming and annoying.

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Flora (Marcela Avelina)

Flora (Marcela Avelina) getting broken up with

Flora (Marcela Avelina)

Sid’s girlfriend, who loves him, is patient but clearly isn’t who or what he desires.

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Luke (Brian Altemus)

Luke is one of Joey, Tim, and George’s friends who, like the other boys, have a close relationship with Joey and desires her.

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John (Alphonso Romero Jones II)

John Elliss Alphonso Romero Jones II Grand Army scaled

John is a senior at Grand Army who is going to Chapel Hill (a North Carolina school) for college.

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  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 3 “Relationship Goals”
  • Job (1.2): Works at Target
  • Momma Paved the Way (1.3): His mother was the first in the family to go to college
  • BSU (1.5): Is the head of Grand Army’s Black Student Union

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You don’t have to be magical, but you are incredible.
— John (1.7)


Francine (Karina Bonnefil)

Francine (Karina Bonnefil) in her church hat

Francine (Karina Bonnefil)

Dominique’s mother who mainly speaks Creole, very limited English, and by the way Dom makes it seem, isn’t the best with money.

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Sabine (Sagine Sémajuste)

Sabine (Sagine Semajuste) getting ready for work

Sabine (Sagine Semajuste)

Dominique’s older sister who dropped out of high school, due to having a kid, and now works as an aide to make ends meet.

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Meera (Ashley Ganger)

Meera (Ashley Ganger) thanking Leila for auditioning

Meera (Ashley Ganger)

Sid’s younger sister who doesn’t live in fear of their parents and is working on a coming of age production at school.

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Omar Biller (Zac Kara)

Omar (Zac Kara) being nice to Leila

Omar (Zac Kara)

Meera’s partner in her creative work and life, for now.

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Ms. Gonzalez (Alexandra Castillo)

Ms. Gonzalez (Alexandra Castillo) checking in with Sid

Ms. Gonzalez (Alexandra Castillo)

One of Grand Army’s counselors who we often see meeting with Sid over getting him into college.

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Bo Orlov (David Iacono)

Bo Orlov (David Iacono) being confronted by Sid

Bo Orlov (David Iacono)

One of the members of the swim team, who used to have something going on with Meera.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 5
  • Learning Challenge (1.6): It isn’t made clear what his learning disability might be, but he does get extra time on his tests.

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Rabbi Sadie Schultz (Lynn Weintraub)

Rabbi Schultz (Lynn Weintraub) talking to Leila

Rabbi Schultz (Lynn Weintraub)

Rachel’s rabbi who Leila seeks out for advice.

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Rebecca (Katie Griffin)

Rebecca (Katie Griffin) consoling her daughter

Rebecca (Katie Griffin)

Joey’s mother.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 6
  • Separation/ Divorce (1.8): Was caused by Matt cheating on her

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So you protect yourself by removing yourself. That’s not running away.
— Rebecca (1.7)


Ronald (Caleb Grandoit)

Ronald (Caleb Grandoit) in Dom's living room.

Ronald (Caleb Grandoit)

A young man Francine is banking on in order to help compensate for Sabine being out of work. Mainly by Dominique marrying him so he can get a green card.

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Nina (Ava Preston)

Nina (Ava Preston) after Joey helps her deal with her first period

Nina (Ava Preston)

One of Joey’s little sisters.

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Sylvia (Mirabella Raschke-Robinson)

Sylvia (Mirabella Raschke-Robinson) crying as she tells Joey her story

Sylvia (Mirabella Raschke-Robinson)

A girl at Joey’s new school who validates what happened to her, and shares her own rape story.

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